September 8-10, 2017


Best Western Expo Hotel (Sofia, Bulgaria)


99 Passes


9 Amazing Speakers

About the Event / what's going on there come and learn

Business in the City: Explore | Share | Grow is 3-day business conference like no other. The idea behind is to present the main aspects of doing business in the modern city – starting from exploring the opportunities through sharing ideas and resources in order to achieve sustainable growth.

The conference is thematic event organized for third consecutive year by JCI Bulgaria. In 2015 it was in Varna under the name Business on the Beach, and in 2016 Business on the Hills was held in Plovdiv.

Approximately 200 managers and entrepreneurs from Bulgaria and abroad will come to explore and share with the one common aim – to grow their businesses.

During Business in the City: Explore | Share | Grow one can take part in trainings and workshops, networking, Gala dinner with our speakers and international guests. The organizers are preparing a program full of valuable opportunities to learn, exchange know-how and develop all participants business network and knowledge.

The conference Business in the City: Explore | Share | Grow is the highlight of JCI Bulgaria’s calendar and this year it will take place between 8th and 10th of September in Sofia – one of the best cities to make business in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe.

N.B. The conference will be held in ENGLISH.


Amazing speakers from Bulgaria and abroad will share stories and best practices for the various aspects of successfully doing business in the modern city that have made their and other people’s business great today.


Participants will have the opportunity to participate in unique workshops through which to explore and discover what are the most appropriate tools and techniques to make their business successful and sustainable.


For those who want to showcase their businesses to all participants they have the opportunity to do it during the EXPO. During the three days of the conference they will be able to showcase the best of their products and services.


Part of the event is a special networking cocktail during which participants will be able to exchange contacts, know-how, ideas, etc. The networking events are a trade mark of JCI Bulgaria, therefore expect something good.


TOYP Bulgaria or The Outstanding Young Persons of Bulgaria is one of the most emblematic programs of JCI Bulgaria. This year is its third edition and the fancy award ceremony will be held during the conference.


Gala dinner is cherry on the event. It is not just dinner, but an event in the event. It is filled with songs, dances, positive emotions and even opportunities to discuss business in an elegant setting. Prepare your official clothes.


The name “Special Program” has its meaning. For now it remains a secret to light your curiosity. We guarantee that you will not be disappointed by what we are preparing. Join us at the conference to find out what it is.


Have you ever been in an Escape Room? Probably you have. And what about during a business conference? During the conference you will have the opportunity to experience a specially created for the event Escape Room.

Topics / why explore... share... and grow


The emergence of the modern city was shaped by industry, innovations in transportation, and mass migrations of people. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. EXPLORE how the trend toward urban living in cities can bring enhanced employment opportunities, free exchanges of ideas, culture, enterprise and wealth.


SHARE stays behind the concept of Sharing Economy that is one of the main trends in the recent years and is shaping the way of doing business by using the resources in the best possible way. In other words, Sharing Economy is a socio-economic ecosystem built around the sharing of human, physical and intellectual resources.


Traffic flow, clean water and air, effective emergency and health services, outstanding education… these are the drivers that allow cities to attract more citizens, businesses and tourists and continue to thrive. But it is important to know how to take the best of the opportunities that the modern city gives in order to GROW your business.

Speakers / who will share knowledge and experience with you

Ismail Haznedar (Turkey)

Managing Director of Stratejik Isler, Strategist and a Certified Management Consultant, 2015 JCI President

Kevin Hin (Monaco)

Deputy Sales Director at APM Monaco, 2016 JCI Vice President for Europe, Blogger at

Alan Hutchison (Switzerland)

Co-founder and CEO of ProsFit Technologies, Founder of ClusterBridge, Board Member of Europe Unlimited, Oxford Graduate

Ionut Tata (Romania)

President, Senior Consultant, Head of R&D at Iceberg, Co-founder of Thinkstitute, Quib, Hub, Arkhive, 2014 JCI Vice President

Boris Hristov (Bulgaria)

Founder of Presentation Design & Training Agency 356labs, Top Rated International Speaker, Trainer and Author

Kristina Krancheva (Bulgaria)

Founder and MD of CM Consulting, Speaker, consultant & trainer in corporate etiquette and international protocol

Steve Keil (Australia)

Founder & CEO of MammothDB, Co-founder & CEO of Xentio, International Speaker, Modern Business Practices Proclaimer

Testimonials / some opinions from the previous events

”I've been to many events. The more you go, it repeats... There is nothing new. Well, I got to tell you in Bulgaria there is something new. I started believing again... You see that JCI Bulgaria after 4 years actually is the organization we want JCI to be, which is empowering young people to create positive change in the world. So, if you are not really into the conferences, come here for the people. If you have something to pass on to he new JCI members, you should do it here in Bulgaria, because there is a lot of new young JCI members, who are creating positive change in Bulgaria. So, come for the people. I love the people. I am inspired. ”

Ivar Veskioja (Estonia), Participant (2015, Varna)

”It was great to be at this event in Varna. The motivation, the energy and not at least the international program, trainers, participants. Thank you!”

Maria Merrild Thuesen (Denmark), Speaker (2015, Varna)

”It was one of the best conferences I have attended... You did a great job.... I really love you, guys! Anyone around the world should come and meet this team.”

Gozde Berber Özbalaban (Turkey), Speaker (2015, Varna)

”It was an absolutely fantastic conference. We did Business on the Beach this year in Varna, and next year we will do Business on the Hills in Plovdiv. I am looking forward. Thank you!”

Filipe Carera (Portugal), Speaker (2015, Varna)

FAQ / find your answers

The 2017 JCI Bulgaria National Conference: Business in the City will take place September 8-10 in Sofia, the second oldest capital in Europe.

Please scroll down to the section “Event Passes”, where you can find the three different passes for participants that we have prepared for you: White Pass, Green Pass and Red Pass, as well as, the exhibitors pass - EXPO Pass.

Yes, it is possible. We have prepared a special pass for people who are interested only in attending the seminars. Please scroll down to the section “Event Passes” and choose the Red Pass.

All sessions will be held in English. Hoewever, there will be participants from Bulgaria and other countries, therefore during the breaks, networkings, etc. one may speak other languages, as well.

Yes, it is. During the whole conference there will be an EXPO, which is a trade show, where one company can have a stand to present its product(s) and/or service(s). See EXPO Pass in "Event Passes" section for more information.

Sponsorship opportunities are limited, so act today. Sponsorships are processed in February through August. To become a sponsor and for more information, please write to

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Event passes / perfect price for event

White Pass


(Regular Ticket till 31.08.2017)

  • All Seminars
  • All Workshops
  • Special Program
  • EXPO entrance
  • TOYP Award Ceremony
  • Escape Room
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Accommodation*
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Gala Dinner
  • 1 Networking Cocktail
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • Airport Transportation

*In double room. For individual room the price is 259 €.



(Regular Ticket till 31.08.2017)

  • All Seminars
  • All Workshops
  • Special Program
  • EXPO entrance
  • TOYP Award Ceremony
  • Escape Room
  • Coffee Breaks
  • 1 Gala Dinner
  • 1 Networking Cocktail
  • 1 Lunch

Red Pass


(Regular Ticket till 31.08.2017)

  • All Seminars
  • All Workshops
  • Special Program
  • EXPO entrance
  • Escape Room
  • Coffee Breaks



 (Regular Ticket till 31.08.2017)

For participation at the EXPO (trade show during the conference).

  • 2m x 2m space for 3 days
  • 1 Table
  • Infodesk
  • 2 Chairs
  • Electricity
  • WiFi

Schedule / what to expect

TOYP Bulgaria Award Ceremony

The Outstanding Young Persons - TOYP is a program that seeks to highlight and give recognition to these achievements of young people and to contribute to giving good examples
Moderator 1, 2 and 3


* The program is up to changes.

Sponsors / they believe in us


Partners / they support us




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In 2015 in Varna, 100 participants from Bulgaria and abroad enjoyed JCI Bulgaria National Convention "Business on the Beach". Last year, 150 people were in Plovdiv for Business on the Hills.

This year in September we will be in Sofia with 200 managers, entrepreneurs and specialist from 10+ countries to explore opportunities, share ideas and grow together during Business in the City: Explore I Share I Grow.

We are sharing final remarks from some of the participants in 2015. Hear what they say in 7 different languages (English, Spanish (Mexican), German, French, Turkish, Dutch and Italian) and we believe this will motivate you to join us in September in Sofia.

Special thanks to all who shared their thoughts with us - Maria Merrild Thuesen, Gozde Berber Özbalaban, Filipe Carrera, Daniel Schiffmann, John Di Rico, Ivar Veskioja, Rob Jansen, Rob Smits, Cédric Cagnazzo and more.

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